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GREENSHEET Business 188 (Business Systems) San Jose State University Spring Semester ­ 2008 BUS188 - s05 and BUS188 - s06

Mission: The College of Business is the institution of opportunity, providing innovative business education and applied research for the Silicon Valley region. 1. Course Information Instructor: Richard Sessions Department: Management Information Systems, College of Business, San Jose State University Course Title: Course Code: Section: Class Hours : Location Office Hours: Office Location: Office Phone: E-mail: Preferred Contact: Department Fax: 2. Course Description Course Overview This course is designed to provide you with a practical introduction to information systems and technology infrastructure including terms, concepts, capabilities, and impacts on business organizations. It will help provide you with a solid understanding of business driven information systems and how organizations improve their business practices through the use of computer technology. Why is this course important to you? In today's business environment, business professionals must understand and intelligently use information systems to gain competitive advantage for their companies. Management information systems and supporting infrastructures are important to every business function be it marketing, finance, customer services, sales, manufacturing, legal, or human resources. Understanding the basics can potentially help you succeed in your business career. 1 BT260 (408) 981-9573 (cell) [email protected] Email or Text Message (You will find that I am very responsive 24/7) (408) 924-7793 05 Monday1500 - 1745 BBC103 Business Systems BUS188 - 27705 BUS188 - 22005 06 Monday 1800 ­ 1045 BBC 103

Immediately After Class on Mondays or by Appointment

Prerequisites Successful completion of Business 91L and Business 100W is preferred as you will be writing two short Case Analysis. Required And Recommended Texts, Readers, or Other Reading Materials Required Text: o Business Driven Information Systems, Baltzan/Phillips, McGraw Hill Irwin, ISBN 0072835591 o O'Leary Series: Microsoft Access 2003 Introductory, O'Leary/O'Leary, ISBN 0073323071 Note: You can purchase both books as a shrink wrapped package at the Spartan Store ISBN 9780078164910 Required Software: Microsoft Access (If you do not have, it will be provided) College of Business Student Handbook,

Student Learning Objectives for the Course You should be able to understand and discuss the following: Business Perspective o Provide a broader business context and appreciation for how Information Systems supports a successful business o Describe the methods used establishing an IT strategy and the common methods used in developing and implementing business applications o Evaluate an industry's competitive environment and a high level processes as a participant in that industry o Identify the common functional, cross functional systems, and enabling technologies used across an enterprise o Describe ethics and information security o Identify the four components of an IT infrastructure o Identify the business models, technology components, and impact of ecommerce on business o Identify the existing and emerging technologies and techniques used in organizational decision support and process automation o Identify the technologies and techniques used to secure information systems o Identify special issues in the implementation and use of information systems o To analyze complex, unstructured qualitative and quantitative problems, using appropriate tools including information technology


Terms o Know the terms and abbreviations commonly used in information systems Career o Explain (for yourself) why and how business information systems can help you in your career o Help you answer questions a recruiter might pose to you about information systems

3. Course requirements Exams All exams will cover information in the text readings, case studies, laboratory exercises, and class discussions. Exams can contain true/false, multiple choice, word fill-in, diagrams, and short essay elements. Mid-Term Exam 1 & 2 will cover any information covered up to that exam as noted in the course Schedule. The Final Exam will be cumulative covering key elements from the entire course content. The final will be slightly weighted toward information covered since Midterm Exam 2. Case Study Analysis We will do two (2) Case Analysis during the semester with a focus on how to present written business information to senior management. Grading will be based on content, clarity, and writing fundamentals. Grading details will be posted on WebCT. The cases for write-up will be assigned two weeks before the due date. I will post the cases that are to be completed on WebCT. Each author must submit a soft copy of their case write-up to at . Quizzes I will give up to ten quizzes at anytime during the semester to ensure preparation for the class. Each quiz will account for about 1% of the total grade (based on ten quizzes). If less than ten quizzes are given, I will divide the total number of quiz points by the number of quizzes and allocate. If more are given I will allocate appropriately. The quizzes will cover materials in the readings, lectures and cases. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of the lecture or case discussion periods. I highly encourage everyone to keep up with the reading to ensure we spend our time in class discussing the application of these materials. Lab Assignments During your lab sections, you will be required to complete five database exercises. These exercises are designed to teach the fundamentals of database concepts and give you hands on experience in developing databases and extracting relevant data for business use. You will be given four lab periods to complete the first four assignments. These assignments should be completed during the lab hours provided However you may also use the open lab as required to complete your work. Each lab assignment is due as noted in the class schedule. Attendance at Labs is optional but it is highly recommended that you attend to keep up. A fifth lab (Lab #5) will be administered similar to an exam as noted on the Course Schedule. You will come to the lab and be given a case that you must complete in 75 minutes. I have reserved labs located on the third floor for lab days where you will be assisted by me and/or a lab assistant during lab hours. 3

Class Participation Class participation is highly encouraged and will be used to determine if you may be increased when near a grade level cutoff for your final grade. Each student is expected to have read the assigned readings, attempted answering the review questions, and studied the specifically assigned chapter discussion items in preparation for class discussions. If you don't come to class prepared, don't expect to receive "participation points". Primary Source of Information and Communication -- WebCT WebCT will be the primary source of information and communication between students in a group. The second week of class you will also be asked to fill out a survey in WebCT. THIS SURVEY IS REQUIRED AND MAY NEGATIVELY AFFECT YOUR FINAL GRADE IF NOT COMPLETED BY WEEK 3 OF CLASS. The survey is designed for me to collect information about the overall demographic of my classes and gives me an opportunity to evaluate your interests and needs and also how I may contact you in the event of an emergency. Throughout the semester I will be posting updates from discussions in class. You may also access your current grade status at anytime using this tool. 4. Grades The final grade you earn will be determined as follows (percentages are approximate): Point Value Midterm Case Study Quizzes Lab Assignments Final Lab (#5) Final Exam Total Grading Breakdown 94% and above 93% - 90% 89% - 87% 86% - 84% 83% - 80% 79% - 77% A AB+ B BC+ 76% - 74% 73% - 70% 69% - 67% 66% - 64% 63% - 60% below 60% C CD+ D DF 2 worth 100 points each 2 worth 100 points each 10 worth 10 points each 4 worth 50 points each 1 worth 40 points 1 worth 125 points Total 200 200 100 200 40 125 865 Approximate % of Final Grade ~23% ~23% ~11% ~23% ~5% ~15% 100%


Extra Credit Options (if available) No extra credit is available except in extraordinary circumstances approved by the instructor. In other words ­ don't count on it. Penalty (if any) for Late or Missed Work Late work will not be accepted except by previous arrangement or under extraordinary circumstances approved by the instructor. It is your responsibility to be proactive. Make Ups Make ups for missed or late quizzes, exams, papers, or other class exercises will not be given unless they are approved prior to the due date of the assignment by the instructor. Make ups will only be authorized in the event of very extraordinary circumstances. Course Policy Statements If you require course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please notify me as soon as possible or see me during office hours. Students are responsible for adhering to all Federal, State, Local, University and Department laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines. Failure to comply will be addressed as prescribed under such law, regulation, policy, or guideline. This includes but is not limited to alcohol and drug use, cheating, plagiarizing, and disruptive behavior in class Please arrive to class on time, prepared to begin promptly at the appointed hour. Students arriving more than 5 minutes after the scheduled start of class will not be allowed to take the quiz. Please plan ahead with regard to traffic, parking, etc. All assignments and papers are due at the beginning of class. Bus100W is a recommended pre-requisite to this course. Thus, all written assignments and presentations will be proofread and formatted in a professional manner before they are submitted and/or presented in class. Every submission will be graded on format as well as content. All worked that is handed in for a grade must be typed and/or prepared electronically with a word processing and or graphical tool (diagrams) such as Lotus Freelance or Microsoft PowerPoint. Work that is not typed will not be graded. It is recommended that you make copies of all assignments, including homework exercises, before submitting them. It protects you from accidental loss on my part and allows you to continue working while the assignment is being graded. Please communicate all individual or personal matters to me during scheduled office hours, through email, by phone, or by appointment as necessary. It is difficult to give these issues appropriate attention during class time. 5. Tentative course calendar including assignment due dates, exam dates, date of Final exam Please note that the course calendar is "subject to change with fair notice" All notices will be on WebCT.


6. University Policy Information Academic Integrity Students are expected to be familiar with the University's Academic Integrity Policy. Please review the policy at "Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University and the University's integrity policy, require you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical development." Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Cheating on exams or plagiarism (presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another person's ideas without giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified. "If you would like to include in your assignment any material you have submitted, or plan to submit for another class, please note that SJSU's Academic Policy F06-1 requires approval of instructors." Compliance with the American Disabilities Act If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the DRC (Disability Resource Center) to establish a record of their disability. Special accommodations for exams require ample notice to the testing office and must be submitted to the instructor well in advance of the exam date. 7. College of Business Policies and Procedures It is your responsibility to understand and follow the College of Business Policies and Procedures. For complete details go to: To ensure that every student, current and future, who takes courses in the Boccardo Business Center, has the opportunity to experience an environment that is safe, attractive, and otherwise conducive to learning, the College of Business at San José State has established the following policies: Eating Eating and drinking (except water) are prohibited in the Boccardo Business Center. Students with food will be asked to leave the building. Students who disrupt the course by eating and do not leave the building will be referred to the Judicial Affairs Officer of the University. Cell Phones and Pagers Students will turn their cell phones and pagers off or put them on vibrate mode while in class. Students will not use or answer their phones in class. Students whose phones disrupt the course and do not stop when requested by the instructor will be referred to the Judicial Affairs Officer of the University. Computer Use In the classroom, faculty allows students to use computers only for class-related activities. These include activities such as taking notes on the lecture underway, following the lecture on Web6

based PowerPoint slides that the instructor has posted, and finding Web sites to which the instructor directs students at the time of the lecture. Students who use their computers for other activities not related to the class (including but not limited to IM, web surfing, email, etc) or who abuse the equipment in any way, at a minimum, will be asked to leave the class and, at a maximum, will be referred to the Judicial Affairs Officer of the University for disrupting the course. (Such referral can lead to suspension from the University.) Students are urged to report to their instructors computer use that they regard as inappropriate (i.e., used for activities that are not class related). Academic Honesty Faculty will make every reasonable effort to foster honest academic conduct in their courses. They will secure examinations and their answers so that students cannot have prior access to them and proctor examinations to prevent students from copying or exchanging information. Students who are caught cheating will be reported to the Judicial Affairs Officer of the University, as prescribed by Academic Senate Policy S04-12. The faculty will be on the alert for plagiarism. A tutorial on plagiarism can be found at: Instructional Climate Professional behavior that is respectful of diversity, alternative points of view, diverse abilities, cultural, and linguistic perspectives is expected in the class room. 8. Student Resources Student Technology Resources Computer labs for student use are available in BBC 301, the Academic Success Center located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall and the 2nd floor of the Student Union. Computers are also available in the Martin Luther King Library. Learning Assistance Resource Center A tutorial center for business students is located on the ground floor of the Business Tower. The Learning Assistance Resource Center is designed to assist students in the development of their full academic potential and to motivate them to become self-directed learners. The center provides support services, such as skills assessment, individual or group tutorials, subject advising, learning assistance, summer academic preparation and basic skills development. The Learning Assistance Resource Center is located in Room 600 in the Student Services Center. SJSU Writing Center The SJSU Writing Center is staffed by professional instructors and upper-division or graduatelevel writing specialists from each of the seven SJSU colleges. Our writing specialists have met a rigorous GPA requirement, and they are well trained to assist all students at all levels within all disciplines to become better writers.


APPENDIX In addition to my specifically posted office hours, I am available by arrangement. During off hours you can reach me by email , text message or by phone as noted. You are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drops, academic renewal, etc. found at You should be aware of the new deadlines and penalties for adding and dropping classes. Expectations about classroom behavior; see Academic Senate Policy S90-5 on Student Rights and Responsibilities. As appropriate to your particular class, a definition of plagiarism, such as that found on Judicial Affairs website at If you would like to include in your paper any material you have submitted, or plan to submit, for another class, please note that SJSU's Academic Integrity policy S04-12 requires approval by instructors.




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